According to a memo released by UW Vice Chancellor for Administration Darrell Bazzell, UW-Madison believes that the new public authority model proposed for the university by Gov. Scott Walker should not come at the expense of collective bargaining rights for UW faculty and staff.
"The existing right of university faculty, staff and student employees to be represented by unions must not be infringed," reads the memo the titled "Principles of the New Badger Partnership," which outlines a number of other expectations and demands of the new system.
I was somewhat surprised to see that point included. Throughout the battle over collective bargaining rights at the Capitol, the UW administration has taken no side on the issue, even though the budget repair bill specifically prohibits collective bargaining for UW faculty and academic staff, as well as for other UW employees who have collectively bargained for years, such as UW nurses.
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